The ERC is engaged in a number of ongoing coordination efforts focused on monarch conservation in the United States, namely the U.S. Geological Survey’s Powell Center Monarch Conservation Science Partnership and the Keystone Policy Center’s Monarch Collaborative. Specific research has focused on the development of geospatial tools and land use analyses that designate priority areas for monarch habitat and engaging the utility, transportation, and agricultural sectors in habitat restoration activities.

See more information about habitat mapping and land use analyses here.

See more information about the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group here.

Monarch Joint Venture Welcomes ERC to Fuel Monarch Conservation

The ERC recently joined the Monarch Joint Venture, a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs working together to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. See the full announcement here.

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Musich, Illinois Tollway.

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Musich, Illinois Tollway.

Illinois Statewide Monarch Butterfly Conservation Strategy

The ERC has partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and several other organizations from across five key sectors (i.e., agriculture, rights-of-way, urban, natural lands, and education) to develop an integrated strategy for monarch butterfly conservation across the state. To learn more and/or participate in the statewide effort, visit this IDNR website

Monarchs Welcomed to UIC Campus

The University of Illinois-Chicago Heritage Garden Internship program, in collaboration with the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, planted two monarch butterfly gardens on campus earlier this year.

Urban Dwellers: Monarchs in Downtown Chicago

The City of Chicago planted a variety of milkweed in the sidewalk planters along upper Wacker Drive. This move has attracted a lot of attention—both monarch and human alike! Milkweed serves as the exclusive host plan for monarch eggs and larvae, and is therefore critical to establishing beneficial habitat.

Images by Emily Shelton, courtesy of the City of Chicago

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Iris Caldwell at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum butterfly exhibit.

Dr. Steffen Mueller at family-owned beehives.